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photo: Toxic Holocaust at Europa in 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Toxic Holocaust

Relapse labelmates and Portland neighbors Toxic Holocaust and Lord Dying are touring the US together from late August through early October. The tour lands in NYC on September 10 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale today (7/30) at 1 PM.

Earlier this year, Lord Dying released Poisoned Altars, which Toxic Holocaust frontman Joel Grind produced. TH's latest is 2013's Chemistry of Consciousness. Streams of both LPs, and the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Toxic Holocaust & Lord Dying announce tour (dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Lord Dying

Portland sludgesters Lord Dying will release Poisoned Altars, the followup to their great 2013 debut on Relapse, Summon the Faithless, on January 27 via the same label. It was produced by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, and like its predecessor it's full of Mastodon/High on Fire-style riffage and shouted vocals. Lord Dying are far from the only modern band doing that kind of thing, but only a few are making records as consistently great and with as much universal appeal as Poisoned Alters. Get a taste of the new LP for yourself from the singles "A Wound Outside Of Time" and "An Open Sore," the latter of which features guest vocals by Aaron Beam of fellow Portland band Red Fang.

Lord Dying have a ton of tour dates in support of the album lined up starting this month and running through mid-May. Most of that tour is opening for Anvil, the '80s metal band who faded into obscurity until their 2008 documentary, with Sunlord joining them too. The Anvil/Lord Dying/Sunlord run hits NYC on February 5 at The Shop, the new Bushwick venue/restaurant/motorcycle garage where Kayo Dot is also playing soon. Tix info TBA.

All dates are listed, with the song streams, below...

Continue reading "Lord Dying releasing a new LP on Relapse, touring w/ Anvil"

By Doug Moore

Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.

Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.

In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.

Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.

Continue reading "Behemoth debut new song & NSFW video, playing 2014 Hellfest (line-up)"


Decibel Magazine is back with its annual top 40 albums of the year list. Two of the top three (including the #1 spot) are reunion albums from death metal veterans, though many younger bands place highly as well. And the one metal album we can safely expect on many non-metal lists, Deafheaven, makes it on there too.

Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "Decibel Magazine's Top 40 Albums of 2013"

by Wyatt Marshall

Black Tusk at the Studio at Webster Hall, in May (more by Keith Marlowe)

East Williamsburg's metal and hardcore venue of record, the Acheron, is heading down to Mexico to host a two day festival, the first annual Acheron D-Fest on February 14 and 15 at Club Bombay in Mexico City. The festival will feature thrashers Toxic Holocaust and Black Tusk at the top of the nearly twenty band bill that includes psych punks Lecherous Gaze and death/grind specialists Skullshitter. If you're more into metal than love, this could be a good way to skip out on Valentine's Day. Head over to D-Fest's Facebook page for more details. Full lineup below.

Toxic Holocaust kick off their previously discussed tour with Ramming Speed in NJ on Saturday (11/16). That tour hits NYC at Saint Vitus on November 29 with In Defence. Tickets for that show are still available.

Toxic Holocaust's new album, Chemistry of Consciousness, is out now, and you can stream it, along with the video for "Acid Fuzz" below. They're also contributing the new track "Life Is a Lie" to Decibel's flexi-disc series, and you can stream that track here.

Also playing D-Fest is Trenchgrinder, who are playing with Eyehategod and Syphilitic Lust at the actual Acheron Saturday night (11/16). The show was recently officially announced after being a "secret," and tickets are still available, but they may not be for much longer considering Eyehategod sold out Saint Vitus last night (11/14).

Check out the full D-Fest lineup, along with all Toxic Holocaust dates, video and LP stream, below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn's Acheron hosting Mexico City festival w/ Black Tusk, Toxic Holocaust, Trenchgrinder, Skullshitter & more (lineup)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Ramming Speed at Saint Vitus, September 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Ramming Speed

Back on Friday, October 18, we at Invisible Oranges hosted an afterparty for our CMJ showcases at the Omega Order Warehouse in Brooklyn with Ramming Speed, Phantom Glue, Aksumite and Flown. If you missed it, let me tell you it was a total blast. I got there in time to see Aksumite kill it with punk intensity during what was just their second-ever show. Aksumite's first show the day before at night one of the Invisible Oranges CMJ showcase was pretty nuts, but the band showed that they really excel in DIY-type venues -- check it out in the video of their performance in this post. After Aksumite, Phantom Glue delivered a set of sinister sludge, and then Ramming Speed came on to level the place with speed and fury. Video evidence of that is in this post too, and be sure to check out photos from both night one and two of the Invisible Oranges CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus featuring Pelican, Ringworm, Sannhet and more.

As previously mentioned, Ramming Speed are teaming up to tour with fellow thrashers Toxic Holocaust in November, but first they'll be playing a string of shows down south surrounding their performance at Gainesville, Florida's The Fest. Ramming Speed also play Saint Vitus on November 29.

Toxic Holocaust just released a video for their song "Acid Fuzz" off their new album Chemistry of Consciousness, which comes out this week (10/29). Watch the video below.

All tour dates are listed, along with videos from the IO CMJ late night party, below...

Continue reading "Ramming Speed, Phantom Glue & Aksumite played IO late show during CMJ (video); Toxic Holocaust made a new video"

Ramming Speed at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Ramming Speed

On Tuesday, we announced that we'll be sponsoring a free after-party show Friday night (10/18) at The Omega Order Warehouse (94 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, New York). At the time, we mentioned that Aksumite, Phantom Glue, and Flown would perform, with a headlining act in the works. That headliner will be Ramming Speed, who played the Metal Insider showcase last night and who also stopped in NYC in September. If you caught either of those dates, you know that they're pretty much the perfect band to headline an after-hours warehouse party.

Remember that the party is BYO, but there will be kegs of Victory lager on tap that you can buy a cup for (courtesy of Victory Brewing). Head over after our Vitus showcase that night (sold out, but you can try and get in with your CMJ badge if you have one).

Ramming Speed also just announced a tour with metal punks Toxic Holocaust and In Defence. The tour will see Ramming Speed return to NYC one more time this year, dropping by Saint Vitus on 11/29. No advance tickets for that show just yet. All dates are listed in this post.

The tour will come on the heels of the release of Toxic Holocaust's new album, Chemistry of Consciousness, due out 10/29. Stream two tracks below, and if you go to the show, remember appropriate hardcore stage diving etiquette ("Thirty seconds of hesitation and searching for the right spot to dive isn't just embarassing, its just plain pointless."). In Defence, meanwhile, is a bit of a head scratcher. It seems that they're responsible for the video below, "Black Metal Mania." Make of that what you will.

Listen to some new Toxic Holocaust cuts, watch the In Defence video, check out some live footage of Ramming Speed from that September date, and check out their full tour schedule below.

Continue reading "Ramming Speed headlining Friday's free IO late show, touring with Toxic Holocaust & In Defence (dates, streams)"

photos by Jonathan McPhail

English Dogs

The reformed English Dogs brought their Forward Into Battle (middle-80s) lineup to Europa on Feb 12th, part of the band's ongoing trek with The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust, and Havok. Here are some pictures from the Brooklyn show. And check our recent interview with guitarist Gizz Butt HERE.

After the English Dogs tour (which hits Peabody's in Cleveland tonight), Toxic Holocaust and The Casualties will hit the road for a separate string of dates that cover the rest of the US. All tour dates and more pictures from Europa, below...

Continue reading "English Dogs: Forward Into Battle tour hit Europa with The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust & Havok (pics)"

by BBG

Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Saint Vitus

Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).

Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.

In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.

The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2012 expands again; tickets on sale today"

by BBG

Chaos in Tejas 2012

Volume 8 of the incredible Chaos in Tejas will go down on May 31st through June 3rd in Austin, Texas, and this year and much like last, its chock full of incredible rare appearances from across the punk, crust, indie, and metal world. Among the announced are crust legends Antisect, The Mob (UK), the reformed and final lineup of Nasum, Best Coast (who recently got a new drummer), Tear it Up (who recently reunited in NYC), Varukers, Winter, Iceage, Forward, Ghoul, Double Negative (who play NYC next week), and so much more. The announcement is just the first batch of bands, with an additional 100+ still to come. Check out the Chaos in Tejas flyer above. Full list of bands below...

Continue reading "Chaos in Tejas 2012 (initial lineup)"

by BBG

Fun Fun Fun Fest

I'm on a mission. A mission to see as many bands as I can this weekend as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest. The festival hasn't officially kicked off quite yet but will do so in a few hours, so last night (11/3) meant a gang of pre-parties as part of Fun Fun Fun Nites. Those included sets from bands like Ty Segall, Underground Railroad to Candyland, The Coathangers, Ramesh (ex-Voxtrot), and the show that I attended, Toxic Holocaust with Hull, The Fucking Wrath, and Pushmen at Red 7 (as part of the larger Hull/TFW tour).

I missed Pushmen (mems Made Out of Babies, Heartless Bastards, Ratking) and have obviously seen my share of Toxic Holocaust and Hull shows so I won't delve too deeply into my thoughts on either (both were great, and the crowd was especially nutty for the former), but The Fucking Wrath were pretty damn amazing. If Matt Pike forgoed his jaw-dropping finesse and concentrated only on his own punk/Motorhead roots, HoF would sound alot like TFW. Live, TFW definitely up the ante thrown in for their recent Valley Of The Serpent's Soul. More pictures from last night at Red 7 are below.

If you're in Austin, come check us out at Red 7 TONIGHT (11/4) for Doomriders, From Ashes Rise, Touche Amore, Phobia, and much much more as part of the Fun Fun Fun Nites series.

Flyer and more pics below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest kicks off --- pictures from Toxic Holocaust/Hull/The Fucking Wrath at Red 7 last night"

by BBG

English Dogs live
English Dogs

As previously discussed, English Dogs will go Forward into Battle in the new year with a string of US dates with The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust and Havok. The tour, which kicks off on 2/10 in Baltimore and concludes in California in late February, will hit NYC at Europa on 2/12. Ticketing info for Europa is forthcoming. Full tour dates and some video are below.

Continue reading "English Dogs touring w/ The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust & Havok (dates)"

words & photos by BBG

Krum Bums @ Europa
Krum Bums

A blackened crust band. An updated NWOBHM band. A poppy street-punk band. A blackened thrash band. A slow crusty doom band, and a traditional doom band with female vocals. Outside of a grind band and a hardcore band, I'd say that almost all heavy bases were covered on Friday night at Europa and Acheron. My night started with the Toxic Holocaust / Holy Grail / Krum Bums tour which hit Europa with support from Salo. Though the crowd was insanely into both Toxic Holocaust and Holy Grail (I preferred the former way more than the latter), Krum Bums were my favorite band at Europa that night. Their high-energy street punk awoke the quiet crowd, who were circle-pitting by their set's end. Toxic Holocaust had the audience eating out of their hand too, with the much larger circle-pit giving way to on-stage sing-alongs for favorites like "Wild Dogs" and "War is Hell".

side note: Toxic Holocaust's fans at Europa need to take a cue from the book of hardcore when it comes to stage-diving; thirty seconds of hesitation and searching for the right spot to dive isn't just embarassing, its just plain pointless.

After Europa, I headed over to the free after-party at Acheron featuring Windhand with local Belus. NYC's Belus is only on their second show, but the band shows maturity and songwriting way beyond their years. Make sure and catch them whenever you get the chance. Windhand was all the makings of an amazing traditional doom band: great vocals, memorable riffs, and bombastic sound. Can't wait to see them again.

All pictures and some recent video (including some from Europa) is below.

Continue reading "Toxic Holocaust, Holy Grail, Krum Bums, Salo, Belus & Windhand played Brooklyn Friday (pics & video)"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Soul Swallower - "Greed & Disgust" (MP3)

Mind Eraser at Chaos in Tejas (more by Keith Marlowe)
Mind Eraser

Lots of good options tonight. Europa will host Toxic Holocaust/Holy Grail/Krum Bums/Salo (tickets) with a FREE afterparty with Windhand/Belus at Acheron (doors at 6 and 10 respectively). Dry Rot will team with Soul Swallower, Hoax, Blind Dead, and Brain Slug at Stolen Sleeves, and finally, Sete Star Sept, Penis Geyser, The Communion, Radiation Blackbody will hit The Charleston. After tonight, pickins get a little slimmer for the next week or two, heating back up for the fall.

Soul Swallower's appearance at Stolen Sleeves is a rare one. The members of Mind Eraser (who are on hiatus) are celebrating the release of their new Devoured LP via Painkiller Records. Check out "Greed & Disgust" available above.

Both Hull and The Atlas Moth have new songs streaming at Pitchfork. Not coincdentally, Brandon Stosuy recently started working at Pitchfork again.

Check out download a Raspberry Bulbs live set from WFMU. Check them out Sunday (8/21) with Iceage, Crazy Spirit and Perdition at Secret Project Robot.

We recently posted new tracks by Danava, The Fucking Wrath, Today is the Day, and Krum Bums who are on tour with Toxic Holcaust (and play with them at Europa tonight).

We recently posted pics from the Power of the Riff stops in LA and San Francisco.

We are proud to giveaway a copy of one of the best books of the year, METALION: THE SLAYER MAG DIARIES! Head to our Facebook to enter to win, or if you don't like to roll the dice, buy YOUR copy at the Bazillion Points site.

Some vintage Infest video from 1990, a vid of Noothgrush in SF, and more suggested shows below.... What did I miss?

Continue reading "Evillive (Toxic Holocaust, Soul Swallower, Raspberry Bulbs & more)"

by BBG


Richmond's Windhand can lock into a serious Black Sabbath groove, and the band will join Belus for a show at Acheron on August 19th as part of a Toxic Holocaust after-party at the venue (doors are at 10PM). Windhand's appearance will be FREE (with a suggested donation of $5) so come out and support this awesome band after the Toxic Holocaust show at Europa.

Tickets are also still available for the Toxic Holocaust / Holy Grail / Krum Bums / Salo show at Europa.

Meanwhile over at Saint Vitus on the same night, Pearls & Brass will play with Serpent Throne and Eleven Twenty-Nine. Tickets are on sale. The show is their first NYC date since going on hiatus in 2008 due to bassist Randy Huth focusing on Pissed Jeans.

And last but not least, Totimoshi will team with Pigs, Bezoar, and Fashion Week to play Saint Vitus on Saturday (8/20). Tickets are on sale. The show is part of a larger tour for Totimoshi in support of Avenger, streaming in full below. Check that out alongside all tour dates below.

Continue reading "Windhand playing Toxic Holocaust afterparty, Pearls & Brass play Acheron, Totimoshi touring (dates)"

by BBG

Krum Bums
photo by Autumn Spadaro

Austin punks Krum Bums are known for their high-voltage live shows, a fact that they will further demonstrate on the unknowing masses heading out to see the NHOBM-y Holy Grail and the crusty-thrashy Toxic Holocaust as part of their tour together. The trio of bands will hit NYC with a right-then-left hook at Europa on August 19th. Tickets are on sale.

The dates are not only in celebration of Toxic Holocaust's new LP, but also Krum Bums' newest release Cut The Noose. Due on August 23rd via People Like You Records, the LP sees the band touching on thrash and metal in their grimy street punk as seen in the title track which makes its debut here. Listen to another track at Metalsucks. Cut The Noose is melodic with out compromising ferocity.

All tour dates, that song stream and some video of a full set from Gilman is below.

Continue reading "Krum Bums 'Cut the Noose' (song premiere w/ updated dates)"

by BBG

Immolation at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Greg Cristman)

Immolation will hit the road for a string of dates with Gigan and Jungle Rot, hitting Gramercy Theater on 10/10. Tickets for Gramercy, and all other US dates are currently on fan presale. Immolation recently released the new video for "A Glorious Epoch". Check that out below, alongside all other tour dates.

In other metal news, Warbringer, Lazarus AD, Landmine Marathon and Diamond Plate will team up to play Gramercy Theater on 10/18 as part of a larger campaign dubbed "America Torn Asunder". Tickets for all dates on the tour, which kicks off in October and runs through early November, are currently on presale and listed below.

Both Warbringer (who played Slaughter By The Water) and Landmine Marathon are preparing to release upcoming LPs ON THE SAME DAY, with the former welcoming Worlds Torn Asunder and the latter welcoming Gallows on 9/27. More details on those releases are forthcoming.

Landmine Marathon kick off a short batch of dates at the end of this month with a show with Toxic Holocaust/Holy Grail/Krum Bums in Canoga Park on July 29th. That Toxic Holocaust tour hits Europa on August 19th. Tickets are on sale. Stream all of Toxic Holocaust's new LP Conjure and Command at AOL.

All tour dates and some video is below.

Continue reading "Immolation, Warbringer, Landmine Marathon & more (a bunch of new albums, tours, NYC shows & videos)"

by BBG

Toxic Holocaust at Acheron dugin a snowstorm (more by BBG)
TOxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust will Conjure and Command a new batch of crusty thrash for their new LP of the same name on July 12th. Check out one track "Bitch" streaming at Decibel and another on their Facebook page. The band will embark on a US tour in support of the new LP in late July with awesome support from the NWOBHM-y Holy Grail and Austin street punks Krum Bums that will include a stop in Brooklyn for a BV/Scenic production on August 19th at Europa. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (6/24), and one more band is TBA.

But more imminently, Toxic Holocaust will head out to Reading, PA to play the East Coast Tsunami Fest, joining names like Shelter, Leftover Crack, 108, and many others for the three day festival. Flyer and full lineup is below, tickets are still available.

Toxic Holocaust's full tour schedule is below. After laying waste to the US, look for Toxic Holocaust to slash and burn Europe with Kvelertak, Trap Them, and Wolves Like Us.

Continue reading "Toxic Holocaust playing East Coast Tsunami Fest & Europa, touring w/ Holy Grail & Krum Bums (dates) "

by BBG

Toxic Holocaust

On a silent and snow-covered street in Brooklyn, Toxic Holocaust demanded a circle pit. The eager crowd at the Acheron on Wednesday (1/12) was willing to oblige them, but settled on a plain old mosh pit instead, which just raged even harder. That's the mark of a great live band. They say. The crowd does. The snowfall brought out the rage in the band too.

"Fuck snow! It took forever to shovel out fucking van. So it's great to have everyone out tonight!"

Toxic Holocaust was in town to launch a tour following the completion of their new-and-forthcoming LP for Relapse Records. Details are limited, but it is expected to be out "late spring 2011". Their tour continues tonight in Pittsburgh. All dates below.

Mortals was the lone support for Toxic Holocaust after a last minute (snow-related) cancellation by The Ominous Order of Filthy Mongrels, and the all-female trio delivered a heavy/sludgy batch of tunes to set off the evening right.

More pictures and some video from the show, with more tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Toxic Holocaust kicked off a tour @ the Acheron in Brooklyn (pics, video & more tour dates) "

by BBG

Toxic Holocaust at Gramercy (more by Justina Villanueva)
Toxiv Holocaust

"DANZIG frontman and namesake has commented on the cancelation of the band's November 9, 2010 concert at the Cabooze in Minneapolis, Minnesota as part of the "Blackest Of The Black" tour. The show was reportedly called off an hour before the 6 p.m. showtime, with the rest of the bands on the bill -- POSSESSED, MARDUK, TOXIC HOLOCAUST and WITHERED -- going ahead and performing their scheduled sets.

Although there had been no official statement from the DANZIG camp regarding the cancelation, someone from the Cabooze told Secrets Of The City that the show was called off due to the fact that Glenn Danzig thought the stage at the venue was "too small."

When asked about the reasons for the Minneapolis cancelation during yesterday's (Wednesday, November 10) interview on Fargo, North Dakota's KQWB-FM (Q98 Rocks) station, Danzig replied, "Basically, we couldn't do our show there, but we had the other bands play . . . We tried to make it work, but at the end of the day it was a production call."" [Blabbermouth]

Toxic Holocaust, now finished with their tour with Danzig, will be in the Northeast next week, playing Philly and Boston next Friday and Saturday respectively. Unfortunately, the thrashy faves will bypass NYC, but the band will return to play Acheron on 1/12 with Atakke . More details, including opening bands on the BrooklynVegan/1000Knives-presented Brooklyn event are forthcoming, but for now save the date.

Full Toxic Holocaust tour sked, and some videos below...

Continue reading "Toxic Holocaust add NYC show (and other dates), played Minneapolis (even though Danzig didn't)"

Black Sabbath

Chris Weingarten: Do you remember hearing Black Sabbath for the first time?

Glenn Danzig: Yes. I didn't even hear them before I bought the record. I was flipping through new releases at Sam Goody's and all of a sudden I see this record with a girl in the satanic robe and this dead electric forest and this BLACK SABBATH at the top and I just pulled it out and I said, "This has to be good!" It just had to. No one knew who the fuck they were at the time; it had just come out here in the States and -- as you'd say now, "buzz" -- but there was no "buzz" or talk or anything about them at all, and I brought it home, took a chance, and it was just insane. I played it over and over and called up some friends and was like, "You gotta hear this fucking record." Within like, I think, a month, everyone in my town was listening to it.

Chris Weingarten: Wow, how old were you?

Glenn Danzig: I don't know; I was young. I think this was the first band I went and saw. I was a little kid. I remember that me and my friend were at this show and we were the littlest kids there. It was oversold and the crowd was rocking back and forth so we just started punching and kicking people -- that's the kind of kids we were [laughs].

That town Danzig refers to is of course Lodi, New Jersey which is 4-5 miles (according to Google Maps) from East Rutherford, NJ where the Izod Center is located. The Izod Center, originally called Brendan Byrne Arena and then Continental Airlines Arena, wasn't even built when "Black Sabbath" came out in 1970. It opened 11 years later (1981).

Ozzy Osbourne will play some Black Sabbath songs (I assume) at the Izod Center on December 3rd, 2010, and he'll headline Madison Square Garden in NYC two days earlier (December 1st). Both shows are part of a tour, that is not Ozzfest:

OZZY OSBOURNE will return to North America for a month-long arena tour launching November 12 in Victoria, B.C. and concluding December 12 in Minneapolis. These shows--in support of his album SCREAM (Epic Records) and latest single "Life Won't Wait"--are part the of the Rock Legend's in-progress 18-month world tour on which he's earning some of the best live reviews of his career (including raves for new guitarist, Gus G). HALFORD, featuring legendary Judas Priest front man, Rob Halford, will perform on all dates. The first leg of arena dates will mark OZZY's first headlining North American tour since 2007's trek for his Black Rain album. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour go on sale beginning Friday, September 17.
And by "tickets", they mean general admission (regular old tickets), and "The "Ozzy Osbourne Meet & Greet Package" ("Meet & Greet and personal photograph with OZZY"), and even an "Ozzy Osbourne Possessed Party Package" ("VIP access to the exclusive pre-concert party hosted by MC Big Dave"). MC Big Dave?

Danzig meanwhile has also announced a tour, and this time it's not just him headlining shows that are being opened by his current and ex-bandmates' other projects. Instead it will be a new edition of his Ozzfest-like package tour called 'Blackest of the Black':

Glenn Danzig announced the highly anticipated return of his BLACKEST OF THE BLACK tour. In its latest reincarnation since 2008, the tour's lineup will feature Danzig, legendary Bay Area hell-thrashers Possessed and Swedish black metal pioneers Marduk, who are making a rare & long awaited U.S. touring appearance. Toxic Holocaust and Withered will be rounding out the five band bill. The 19-city tour kicks off on October 25th in Albuquerque, NM.

In addition to Glenn, Danzig's band for Blackest of the Black will consist of Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry) on guitar, Steve Zing (Samhain) on bass and Bevan Davies (Danzig) on drums. Danzig is scheduled to perform at the free Red Bull Metallicross event at Pala Casino in Pala, CA on Oct. 23, on the eve of the Blackest of the Black kickoff.

"I'm excited about taking out both Possessed & Marduk as fans will get a chance to see these two bands who rarely tour the US," said Glenn. It should also be noted that Danzig hasn't played most of these markets in the past two years.

To quote BBG when he heard the lineup of openers, "that is a fucking amazing tour."

Unfortunately though, Danzig has played the NYC market more than once in the past year alone, so he will not return this time around, though there is a Buffalo show. Note also that Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative (Pete Steele RIP) is not playing drums on this tour (Bevan Davies is), and that tickets are on pre-sale NOW.

All dates for both tours below...

Continue reading "Danzig & Ozzy announce (separate) tours - (Ozzy playing MSG) "

by BBG

Municipal Waste lead a singalong (more by Paul Birman)
Municipal Waste

Municipal Waste will be in South America wasting the crowds through middle March. Their schedule is then blank until the band teams up with Toxic Holocaust on 4/22 for a show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Tickets are on sale

The NYC show is one of a few Municipal Waste have scheduled with TH. MW also has some Texas shows with the great Cro-Mags in June. All dates & some video below...

Continue reading "Municipal Waste & Toxic Holocaust - 2010 Tour Dates"

by BBG

Rorschach at The Charleston (more by Ryan Muir)

Last year's jaw-dropping lineup at Chaos In Tejas was sick, and 2010 is proving to be no different. For four days across four different Austin venues, May 27th to the 30th at Emo's, Mohawk, Red 7 and Beerland, the festival will offer some of the most impressive names in the independent/underground scene including the indestructible Rorschach, the first ever US appearance from Australian punk greats X, a one-time reunion of Japanese crust-core band Bastard, the quirky cutesy indie pop-punk of Grass Widow, Gehenna (who just played A389), Subhumans, Bastard Noise (who have a new record), Bone Awl, BV faves Jeff The Brotherhood, The Spits, Psychedelic Horseshit, Ty Segall, The Ponys, Iron Lung (who recently played Cake Shop), Poison Idea, Inquisition, and many many many others.

In addition to the obvious mayhem that will ensue over the four days, Chaos in Tejas will also showcase art from some of the scene's most interesting names including Tim Kerr (of Big Boys), Winston Smith (responsible for tons of collage work, including the Dead Kennedys best album art), and Bryan Ray Turcotte (best known for his book Fucked Up and Photocopied).

The full (and intimidating) list is below...

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Metal Underground: You've toured with some great bands already. Like you said, you just got off the Children of Bodom tour, Danzig, which had to be really cool, and many other people. Who's been your favorite to tour with?

Scott (of Skeletonwitch): I don't think I could pick a favorite. We haven't had a bad experience. Especially, the bigger tours; definitely not. Maybe some smaller, earlier tours when we were in the pick-up truck which just sucked sometimes on our own account. But, everybody's been cool to us; Glen Danzig was fucking awesome. One of the coolest guys ever, took care of us and everything. Same thing with Amon Amarth and same thing with Bodom.

Chance (of Skeletonwitch): Yeah, we would run out of beer, Bodom would [say]," Take some of ours, we have too much." I have negative [to say] about the large tours. I'm glad to be a part of it.

Scott: A lot of bands won't tell you if it was bad. But, really, it wasn't. Like, I got nothing; don't have any dirt on anybody. Everybody was cool.

Metallica, schmetallica. The biggest metal band EVAR was filling MSG at that moment, but metalheads rejoiced for a different reason in Brooklyn, as Skeletonwitch and Black Anvil destroyed Union Pool on Saturday night (11/14). It was the second night in a row of the three-night Blackened Music Series weekend which ended Sunday at Le Poisson Rouge with Shrinebuilder. It started Friday at Union Pool with Krallice - a mayhem-filled show. I didn't think it could get any crazier on Saturday, but once Skeletonwitch demanded a circle pit, and GOT ONE, I knew I was wrong.

There are many that do blackened thrash, thrash, or some variant thereof, but what separates the 'witch (and Municipal Waste, DRI, and a select few others for that matter) from the pack is that the boys don't take themselves too seriously. Every song was introduced by a tongue in cheek intro ("This one's about Satannnnnnnnn!") by vocalist Chance, and followed by the nail-cuffed Ohioan zig-zagging across the stage, pointing at audience members and crowdsurfers while screeching out lyrics. Many PBRs went into the wildman's perfomrnace/theatricality, and all I could do was beam from ear to ear. Skeletonwitch is a very fun live band.

The show was the last US date in 2009 for the hard-touring Skeletonwitch. They're prepping to hit Europe in the tail end of November and December. All dates and more pictures from Union Pool, below...

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Skeletonwitch at Scion Rock Fest (more by Steven Brown)

Skeletonwitch must pretty much live in their van. Luckily that means that NYC has another SW date to look forward to, 11/14 at Union Pool with the incredamazing Black Anvil! Tickets are only $10 and currently on sale.

The Skeletonwitch show is one day of a "Blackened Weekend" from The Blackened Music Series, which also features the highly anticipated return of Krallice with Malkuth, Liturgy, and Orphan at Union Pool on 11/13, and the BV-sponsored Shrinebuilder/Rwake/Liturgy jawdropper at Le Poisson Rouge on 11/15 (tickets).

Liturgy is also playing with Malkuth at the previously discussed Mt Eerie / No Kids / Tara Jane O'Neil throwdown at Market Hotel on Halloween. Want to go? I HAVE A PAIR OF TICKETS AND A COPY OF Mt. Eerie's Wind Poems on LP for giveaway. Learn more at the bottom of this post.

Skeletonwitch recently dropped their new LP, Breathing The Fire and are currently on tour with Trap Them, Toxic Holocaust and The Black Dahlia Murder. That tour stirred up some controversy down south when they tried to play a Christian venue. Check out the news videos below along with a statement from Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, and all Skeletonwitch and Orphan tour dates, below....

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